Ian Donnis

Political Reporter

Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio since 2009. The Washington Post has repeatedly named him as one of Rhode Island’s best political reporters. In addition to other tasks, Ian tweets frequently at @IanDon, hosts RIPR’s weekly Political Roundtable, and contributes to the station’s On Politics blog. He was for many years a regular panelist on WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers, and remains an occasional guest on RI-PBS' A Lively Experiment. Ian previously worked for the Providence Phoenix, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Associated Press. His reporting has been recognized by the Associated Press, the New England Press Association, the Rhode Island Press Association, and Rhode Island for Community & Justice.

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On Politics
1:35 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

12 things about RIPEC’s recommendations on remaking economic development in RI

John Simmons (left), executive director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC), formally presented this morning a 136-page report on remaking Rhode Island’s approach to economic development.

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On Politics
12:41 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

New Cicilline spot links Doherty with Romney

A new commercial by Congressman David Cicilline’s campaign continues the Democrat’s theme of linking his Republican opponent, in his own words, with other members of the GOP (Mitt Romney in this case).

According to Cicilline’s campaign:

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On Politics
3:45 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Medicare + Social Security loom large in CD1 race between Cicilline and Doherty

As part of his effort to separate himself from congressional Republicans, Brendan Doherty held a news conference outside Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket this morning. He offered what his campaign calls, via news release, an “ironclad pledge”:

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On Politics
2:48 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Tonight at RISD – Lausen on the importance of ballot design

The s0-called “Butterfly ballot” during the 2000 presidential election stands as the classic high-stakes example of voters being confused by a less-than-clear ballot. Marcia Lausen – speaking at 8 tonight at the RISD Auditorium — was involved in the aftermath:

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On Politics
1:52 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Sheldon Whitehouse is limiting his debates with challenger Barry Hinckley

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse appears to be using a modified Rose Garden strategy in his campaign with Republican challenger Barry Hinckley, agreeing to a relatively sparse debate schedule.

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On Politics
12:55 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Who’s the next mayor of Providence, Part II

A few updates since we last month floated 16 names to consider for the 2014 Providence mayoral race (assuming Angel Taveras runs for another office).

Buddy Cianci made our original list, and Scott has the chatter touting a third Cianci comeback.

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On Politics
3:02 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

The RI GOP has a cohort of Ron Paul supporters

Who knew? There’s a bigger-than-expected element of Ron Paul supporters among current GOP candidates in Rhode Island.

I found that out from Providence Republican activist Dave Talan’s informative e-newsletter:

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On Politics
3:07 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Gallogly targeting November 6 for mayoral election in Central Falls

State Revenue director Rosemary Booth Gallogly hope to finalize the November 6 presidential election as the date for choosing a successor to Charles Moreau.

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On Politics
4:10 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Cicilline says Democrats have a shot at taking the House

Congressman David Cicilline disputes analysts who call it very unlikely that Democrats will regain a majority this November in the House of Representatives.

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On Politics
3:14 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Mollis’ office says last successful legislative write-in was in 1990

As reported earlier, state Representative Jon Brien hopes to avoid the usual losing fate of candidates who’ve waged write-in campaigns for the General Assembly.

Chris Barnett, the spokesman for Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, says the last successful legislative write-in came in House District 69, the seat now held by Representative Ray Gallison of Bristol.

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